Here’s a rare and rather old image kindly sent in by Syd Bird.
The view is from about the Chapel Road / Market Street junction looking down Birkenhead Road to where Hoylake Cottage (the Cottage Hospital as was – opened in 1910 and featured on the BBC website a couple of years ago) is today.
As you can see there aren’t any buildings past the corner of Deneshey Road – though Carlton Terrace had been constructed, with Burnetts Garage opening within the next decade or so. The canopy along the row of shops looks attractive; long-gone now of course and who would have dreamt that one day there’d be a (vacant) former pizza parlour and a shop called Bargain Booze at the end of the row selling bottles of cider and cans of Australian lager!
If I’ve got my location right then just on from the shops is (today) Julian’s Restaurant – but that building in the photo looks much more like the Golden Palace takeaway. It’s as if the next block of shops (John Grahams to Julian’s) hadn’t been built at that time and the photo makes the next block look closer than it actually is? Look at this streetview map and decide for yourself.